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Practical guide for prescribing MAOIs: debunking myths and removing barriers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 April 2012

Meghan M. Grady*
Neuroscience Education Institute, Carlsbad, California, USA
Stephen M. Stahl
Neuroscience Education Institute, Carlsbad, California, USA Department of Psychiatry, University of California–San Diego, San Diego, California, USA Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
*Address for correspondence: Meghan M. Grady, BA, Director, Content Development, Neuroscience Education Institute. 1930 Palomar Point Way, Ste 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008 Email


Despite the fact that monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can be highly effective therapeutic agents for depression and some anxiety disorders, they tend to be underutilized in clinical practice. This is due at least in part to the fact that there is a great deal of misinformation and mythology about their dietary and drug interactions. This article is intended to serve as a guide for clinicians who are not particularly familiar with MAO inhibitors; its aim is to help these clinicians competently integrate these agents into clinical practice when appropriate.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2012

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The activity is supported by an educational grant from Dey Pharma, L.P.


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